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On Apples in Dumplings – Dutch Eating Place

June 29, 2013
Dutch Eating Place, Philadelphia PA
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Hot Apple Dumpling served w/ Cream
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ImageInitially featured on The Food Network, the Hot Apple Dumpling served w/ Cream was a must-try at the Dutch Eating Place in the Reading Terminal Market. It was clearly their most popular dish, with rows upon rows of piping hot dumplings lined up by the glass on the countertop. 

The pastry dough was chewy but nicely layered. The cinnamon and sugar taste was not overwhelming either. I did love that syrup mixed with the full apple in the center, though. The apple was a surprise to me especially since it was a full apple and quite big. It was soft and chewy but had a sweet tartness. The cream cut through the tartness but I did not need much of it. It was just a super delicious dessert!

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The Sweeet Burger – Chewy’s

May 22, 2013
Chewy’s, Philadelphia PA
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Brie Burger
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ImageAs part of National Hamburger Month, I paid a visit to Chewy’s, a food truck that had not been around recently and just came back to serve University City full time again. This colourful truck is known for its burgers and chicken and waffles. 

Preferring something a little sweet and unique, I decided on the Brie Burger with caramelized onions, honey grilled apples, arugula, brie cheese, and black pepper mayo. The beef burger patty was so juicy and the sesame bun was nice and toasted. I loved the sweet onions and apples, one soft and the other a little tart. The brie was creamy and provided flavouring contrast while the arugula added a touch of bitterness. The mayo did not quite stand out but I just loved those apples!

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Cafe at its Best – Panera Bread

March 30, 2013
Panera Bread, New York NY
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Mediterranean Egg White on Ciabatta Signature Breakfast Sandwich
Easter Egg Cookie
Cobblestone
Peach Pecan Crunch Muffin
Bear Claw
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ImageJust like Au Bon Pain, I love the atmosphere at Panera Bread. Freshly baked pastries and goodies, made-to-order sandwiches with fresh ingredients, and a warm, cozy feel in a very relaxing cafe atmosphere. Whether it be breakfast, lunch, or dinner, I would always be happy eating here.

The Mediterranean Egg White on Ciabatta Signature Breakfast Sandwich was good, with lots of egg whites, spinach, flavourful roasted tomatoes, Vermont white cheddar, and basil pesto on a toasty ciabatta bun. Despite the quality, this was overpriced. The sandwich was too small for almost $5. Image

The Easter Egg Cookie was very generic but also very pretty with its colourful sugar icing and chocolate candies. The shortbread cookie itself was crumbly and buttery. This was one celebratory cookie!Image

The Cobblestone is a pastry made with cinnamon raisin dough, apples, streusel, and icing drizzle. It was such a splendid treat. I love raisins, apples, and spices together. Add to that streusel and icing and voila, the perfect, tastiest treat you can find. The dough could have been a little more moist but apart from that, it was delicious.Image

The Peach Pecan Crunch Muffin was okay. The muffin was not too sweet and was moist and dense. I liked the large pieces of peach inside, making it juicier. I wished there were pecans inside as well as on top, though.Image

The Bear Claw had that artificial almond taste but it was not overwhelming to the point that it becomes revolting. The pastry was flaky and the almond slices on top were nice. There could have been more filling so that you get it in every bite.

I wish there was a Panera on campus or even in center city. It is on the more expensive side but sometimes, the atmosphere, quality, and just overall feel of the place is worth it. 

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Hail The Queen of Hearts – Sabrina’s Café

March 24, 2013
Sabrina’s Café, Philadelphia PA
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The Queen’s ‘Paint the Roses Red’ Stuffed French Toast
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ImageI cannot believe after almost two years here in Philly that I have yet to have brunch at the ever-so-popular Sabrina’s Café. Well, I finally got to try their famous challah stuffed French toast. Oh, and it was Alice in Wonderland week!

I got The Queen’s ‘Paint the Roses Red’ Stuffed French Toast, and yes, it was pretty in red. Inside the thick, soft challah French toast – which had a nice exterior might I add – were sweet cream cheese, Irish cream caramelized apples, raisins, coconut, double fudge chocolate pieces, and mint preserves, all topped with a berry-orange syrup. The sweet cream cheese was so scrumptious with the French toast. The apples added a nice tang while the raisins added another layer or sweetness. I saw the chocolate pieces but the flavour did not stand out. I could not even taste the mint and coconut, which were even fainter than the chocolate. It was just a whole plate of sweetness! The berry-orange syrup was tangy and sweet, though, so it made it not an overwhelming sugar overload. It was tangy, sweet, and very red, with just the right thickness to be soaked up by the French toast. I loved the fresh strawberries and blueberries a lot, wishing there were more to make it more refreshing rather than a very dense breakfast.

Looking at the weekly specials and the whole menu, I can easily come here every week. But that would just be sugar overload to the extreme, I guess.

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Melt that Ranch – Taco Bell

March 16, 2013
Taco Bell, Philadelphia PA
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Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco
Meximelt
Caramel Apple Empanada
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ImageI was really hungry after a day at a show and decided on something fast and cheesy. However, they did not offer the loaded grillers at the Taco Bell on campus, which is a total shame.

The Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos was decent. I could not taste too much of the cool ranch flavour as it was not that heavily seasoned. The taco shell was crispy and the ground beef, lettuce, and cheese was all decent for fast food.Image

The Meximelt was more like a beef burrito but skinnier and full of cheesy goodness. It was nice with the pico de gallo to add a tangy freshness to the burrito.

ImageFinally, the Caramel Apple Empanada was great. Crispy on the outside, the pastry was really sweet from the caramel but not overwhelming because of the acidity of the apples. The filling was piping hot and so good!Image

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Specials, Specials, Specials – Dunkin’ Donuts

ImageMarch 13, 2013
Dunkin’ Donuts, Philadelphia PA
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Irish Creme Iced Coffee
Irish Creme Donut
Angus Steak & Egg Breakfast Sandwich
Angus Steak & Egg Wake-up Wrap
Big n’ Toasted
Hash Browns

Lucky Mint Donut
Cinnamon Cake Donut
Apple Cheese Danish
Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookie
Chocolate Chip Muffin
Corn Muffin
Caramel Latte Lite
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ImageWith a bunch of coupons in my possession, St. Patrick’s Day promotions, and featured steak menu items, I basically had a day of just Dunkin’ Donuts food. Well, it was nice to share sweets with a friend, but still, the sandwiches were filling. However, I love breakfast all day long so it was no problem. Image

The Irish Creme Iced Coffee, which I had with some skim milk, was creamy and sweet. I loved the traditional Irish creme flavour that was quite prominent, especially near the bottom of the cup. Image

The Irish Creme Donut was filled with a flavoured cream that was just as sweet and just as good. It looked very plain and unappetizing though so I think a warmer brown or a different colour altogether would have been nice. Image

The Angus Steak & Egg Breakfast Sandwich that I got on a plain bagel – just like their advertisements – was just okay. The bagel was nicely toasted and I liked the simple cheese and freshly fried egg. However, the steak was a little dry. Image

The Angus Steak & Egg Wake-up Wrap was the same, with a good toasty tortilla, gooey melted  cheese, half an egg patty, and dry steak. I really wanted some juicy meat so this was disappointing. 

The Big n’ Toasted was pretty good. The toast was nicely browned and thick enough. I liked the egg and cheese combination with the bacon. The bacon could have been a little crispier, I thought, and it was not as big as I had expected it to be, especially since the bread got moist again after being in the bag. Image

The Hash Browns were actually not bad, just too greasy. They were just the right size and crispy on the outside while the inside was mushy. It had decent seasoning, too. Image

The Lucky Mint Donut was certainly prettier than the Irish Creme one despite having the same, delicious filling. It was green and thus perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.Image

The Cinnamon Cake Donut was a little dry and a little bland on the inside. However, I did like the sweet cinnamon sugar, though it was messy to eat. 

The Apple Cheese Danish was nice and flaky, with some chew and density to the pastry. I liked the apple filling but could have used more sweet cream cheese inside to amp up the sweetness of the glaze and icing drizzle a bit.Image

The Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookie was not that good. I prefer an ooey, gooey, and very soft cookie but this was only slightly soft and moist in the center. The edges were a little crunchy hard for me although the different kinds of chocolate was nice. Image

ImageThe Chocolate Chip Muffin had a lot of chocolate chips inside but the batter was a little dry, especially on the edge. I did like the sugar topping on top though to give it more sweetness.Image

The Corn Muffin was like a cornbread and moist and crumbly at the same time. It was not overly sweet but you can definitely get that corn aroma coming through.

Finally, the Caramel Latte Lite had a faint but nice caramel flavour. It was a decent latte that I probably would not have gotten had it been for the coupon. I just do not think their espresso is as good as those at other places.Image

There are so many more options to choose from at the store in 30th Street Station. The one on campus is just a little limited. Both seem rather clean and accommodating though. So many coupons that it was all for great value. 

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Sweet n’ Sour – Kiwi Yogurt

March 10, 2013
Kiwi Yogurt, Philadelphia PA
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An Apple A Day (Green Apple Sorbet, Creamy Caramel w/ Caramel)
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ImageThis yogurt swirl is more commonly seen as Caramel Apple yogurt. I loved the tangy refreshing taste of the green apple sorbet, with green apple being one of my favourite fruit flavours! The creamy caramel could not have been more of a contrast in flavour with its creamy smooth sweetness. The caramel sauce – perfect to National Sauce Month –  just added to the stickiness, making it a perfectly sweet summer treat!

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Munchin’ at Midnight – McDonald’s

March 9, 2013
McDonald’s, Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
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プチパンケーキ (Petit Pancakes)
ベーコンレタスバーガー (Bacon Lettuce Burger)
チキンクリスプ (Chicken Crisp)
マックフルーリー マーブル オレオ (McFlurry Marble Oreo)
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ImageNot being overstuffed from dinner for once, Casey and I were craving some sort of midnight dessert. However, we could not find any small, quaint, Japanese cafes in Shinjuku around midnight. So, as we went back to the hotel, we settled on McDonald’s.Image

The プチパンケーキ (Petit Pancakes) hit the spot. These mini pancakes were soft, fluffy, and just adorable! They were not overly sweet so adding the apple syrup and cream made them delicious. I loved the idea of the apple syrup combination to make traditional pancakes more interesting.Image

The ベーコンレタスバーガー (Bacon Lettuce Burger) was decent. The bun was slightly sweet after being toasted, the lettuce and bacon were crisp, and the ketchup made it just simple. The beef patty was not bad and on average, this was okay for McDonald’s.Image

The チキンクリスプ (Chicken Crisp) was like the English muffin version they offer for breakfast except that it was served on a burger bun. The chicken had a nice, thin and crispy exterior and the mustard sauce added some zing.Image

Finally, I decided I needed ice cream. The マックフルーリー マーブル オレオ (McFlurry Marble Oreo) was just a regular Oreo McFlurry with added chocolate sauce. It was blended nicely and the soft serve was icy, sweet, and yet not overwhelmingly creamy – a perfect addition to a sweet bite at midnight.

I am just so impressed with the quality of McDonald’s in Japan. All the restaurants I visited were clean and had fantastic, friendly service, just like the rest of Japan, I guess. Too bad this is not the case back home, but I sure wish every McDonald’s I go to is just as sophisticated, or as nice as fast food can get, anyways.

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Tangy and Sweet – Kiwi Yogurt

March 1, 2013
Kiwi Yogurt, Philadelphia PA
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Sweet n Salty (Sea Salt Caramel Pretzel w/ Pretzels, Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips, and Hershey’s Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup)
Green Apple Sorbet

Pomegranate Raspberry Sorbet
Peach-Mango Tart
Toppings: Kiwi, Strawberries, Blueberries, Mango Boba, and Yogurt Chips
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ImageI love promotions, especially when they coincide with your plan to visit the place to begin with. That was how I found myself at Kiwi Yogurt yet again, and this time with two bowls in front of me.

The first was a Kiwi Kreation called Sweet n Salty, made with Sea Salt Caramel Pretzel yogurt and swirled Pretzels, Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips, and Hershey’s Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup. I love the sea salt caramel pretzel yogurt as it was sweet but still had that salty undertone, adding a whole different layer of flavor. The pretzels and chocolate chips added some crunch.

My next bowl was a mix of Green Apple Sorbet, Pomegranate Raspberry Sorbet, and Peach-Mango Tart yogurt, all topped with Kiwi, Strawberries, Blueberries, Mango Boba, and Yogurt Chips. The green apple was really sour but very light and refreshing. The pomegranate raspberry had a similar sorbImageet texture but was not as sour. It was very pink, though. Finally, the peach-mango flavour did not really match that of the two in the case of texture since it was not a sorbet. The fruits were quite refreshing.

Overall, Kiwi Yogurt always offers a good break from the tedious textbooks and online assignments. Their flours changes monthly, so next month, hear I come! 

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Crunchy Through and Through – Sugar Philly

February 20, 2013
Sugar Philly, Philadelphia PA
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Pomegranate French Macaron
Creme Fraiche Cheesecake
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ImageSugar Philly’s new flavour from last year that I had yet to try was the Pomegranate French Macaron. The delicate treat was delicious, and not just the creamy filling inside but also the juicy crunch of the pomegranate seeds!Image

The Creme Fraiche Cheesecake was also scrumptious. The cheesecake was more like the Asian kind, light, airy, and not incredibly cheesy. The middle was more of a cake and the bottom had a very crumbly and crunchy crust. It was a sweet crust and the texture from the crust and the shredded apple was a nice contrast. 

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